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  1. Thesis Statement Your name Date Subject

  2. Background information • Specific info about usage/application • Relevance (personal & social) • Relevance (historical, current, future) (e.g. In the news) US nuclear submarine runs aground off Guam A US nuclear submarine ran aground while conducting underwater operations about 560 km (350 miles) south of the island of Guam on Friday. Several people were injured, including one critical injury, in the incident, which occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Friday Hawaii Standard Time (0200 GMT Saturday), the Navy said in a press release. (File photo)

  3. Background info slide 2 • The relevant physics concepts, ideas, formulae, calculations.

  4. Background info slide 3 • The relevant physics concepts, ideas, formulae, calculations.

  5. Argument 1 – the first idea that supports the argument for your thesis. • Data, calculations, concepts, diagrams that support thesis statement • This slide should clearly set out the first and most important argument (premise). • Use only one idea/concept per slide. If you change ideas, start a new slide. • It should then include the data (facts, statistics, principles, examples, real-life experiences) and the relevant theory (concepts, laws, formulas, quantities, units) that support the premise. All of the evidence (data and theory) should be specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports and convinces of the author's position. Be careful that if you cite scientific theories or mathematical calculations in support of your thesis, you must explain why and how they relate. • It should then draw a clear connection to the thesis statement; and most importantly – it should be plausible. • The closing sentence ideally should not only sum up the paragraph, but also provide a link to the next argument, in order to provide fluency of expression and cohesion in the argument.

  6. Argument 2 – the second idea that supports the argument for your thesis. • Same as argument 1

  7. Argument 3 – the third idea that supports the argument for your thesis. • Same as argument 1

  8. Counter-arguments • Here you can qualify the limitations of your arguments in terms of the quality of the data you used, the supporting formulas or theory, and the logical process you have adopted. You can lump them all together in a “Counter-arguments” or “Limitations” section or you can address them in each of your three arguments.

  9. Conclusion • Concluding slide/s • These slide/s are the summary slide/s. Each sentence should sum up the main idea or point of the individual paragraphs in the essay. The conclusion should be very strong and clear and follow logically from information collected and judgments made and must not introduce new information. Ideally, it would contain four critical points: • A restatement of the thesis statement, using some of the original language or language that "echoes" the original language. (The restatement, however, need not be a duplicate of the thesis statement.) • A summary of the main points from the body of the essay and how they link to this thesis. • A statement about the limitations of the arguments. • A final statement that signals the discussion has come to an end. This final statement may state the implications of the thesis. It is sometimes where you can offer a solution to the listener. Your last few sentences should leave a lasting and strong impression on the listener.

  10. Bibliography • A bibliography is a list of sources consulted during your research. It is different to a Reference List in that you can cite sources that were read but not quoted. Bibliographies and Reference Lists are usually treated as proof that you have consulted more than just one source or format (not just the internet, but books and journals for example). You don’t need to cite every source you consulted; you should be discriminating. A focused bibliography will have a few, very specific, highly relevant, recent, authoritative sources in different formats; a broad bibliography will have a broad range of sources and demonstrates a wide examination of the sources. Sources should be listed alphabetically according to the referencing style advised in the task sheet. You should use consistent, accepted conventions of in-text citations and referencing. Use about seven references for a 1500 word assignment.